John Howard Fernbaugh

John Howard Fernbaugh, 71, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away unexpectedly Friday June 13, 2014.
John was born in Kenton, Ohio to the late Paul and Cleone (Torrey) Fernbaugh. He married Gina (Sponsler)
Herr on October 24, 1992 in Marion, Ohio and she survives in Bowling Green. Also surviving John are his
daughter Andrea Fernbaugh of Maumee, Ohio; son Paul Fernbaugh of Delaware, Ohio; step-sons Joshua Herr
of Henderson, Nevada; William (Kara) Herr of Boston, Massachusetts; grandchildren Derrick, Anthony,
Ciera, Jessica and Alexandra; great-grandchildren Audrey and Jayden, and his mother in-law Dolores
Sponsler of Defiance.
He was preceded in death by his sister Paula Daniels in 2007.
John was a 1960 graduate of Waite High School, and continued to stay close to many of his East Toledo
classmates that he grew up with. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from BGSU in 1965 and
his Masters of Science in Education from Eastern Michigan University in 1972.
John began his teaching and coaching career at Delta High School where he taught Biology and was the
assistant football, basketball and head track coach. His teaching and coaching career was continued at
Bowsher and Devilbiss High Schools in Toledo, and also Montpelier High school where he also served as
High School Principal.
John continued his career in education, serving as Assistant Superintendent at Wauseon School District,
and Superintendent at Elgin and McComb Local School Districts.
After retiring from education, John spent seven years as Executive Director of the Ohio Association of
School Business Officials from 1998-2005, and Development Director of the Kidney Foundation.
John reentered the education field once again and became Interim Superintendent at Rossford Schools;
Middle School Principal and Athletic Director at Erie Mason Consolidated Schools in Erie, Michigan;
Superintendent at Woodmore Local Schools; and served his final superintendency at Huron City Schools
from 2012 until July 2013.
In each of his positions John was an active contributor in all communities, serving in leadership roles
in Chambers of Commerce and various service organizations.
During his free time and throughout retirement John enjoyed traveling to Palm Springs, California and Las
Vegas with his wife Gina. John also enjoyed spending time with all of his family; his monthly poker
games with close friends in Toledo, and golfing with his wife. John was currently volunteering with the
Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Ohio.
John was such a bright light in all of the lives he touched. He was a genuine “people person” and
strongly believed that the more he gave the more he would receive. He was a true giver to everyone he
Visitation for John will be held on Sunday June 29, 2014 from 2 p.m. until the time of his Celebration of
Life Service at 4 p.m. in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster St., P.O
Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.
Memorial Contributions in John’s honor may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Ohio, 3883
Monroe St., Toledo, Ohio 43606.
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